Autumn Newsletter 2017

Meet Aaron Mattix

Last season West Elk Trails Inc hired Aaron Mattix to groom trails one day a week. He did such a fantastic job we hired him for 2 days/week for the 2017-18 season. Aaron’s pay was fully funded by trail users’ voluntary membership fees and donations. Please keep those donations coming! Urge your friends to donate. Help us provide you with a great ski and snowshoe experience!

West Elk Trails Inc thanks Garfield County and the Rifle Community Foundation for grants that will help cover equipment & trail maintenance expenses for the  2017-18 ski season.

Hiking is prohibited on the West Elk Trails after grooming operations begin in December. West Elk Trails Inc has a Special Use Permit (SUP) with the White River National Forest Rifle Ranger District. According to the Forest Service, the purpose of the SUP is for installing trail marker signs and grooming cross country ski trails. Hikers are not permitted on the trails during ski season (Dec-March). Hiking is allowed on the Rifle Snowmobile trails and the Buford Road beyond the blockade. It’s up to you — the trail users — to ask hikers to use other trails. Please help spread the word!

West Elk trails are packed with snowmobiles and run over with a pull-behind groomer — not a snowcat. Therefore, our trails are not technically “packed and groomed” like downhill ski runs or snowmobile trails. The snow base is actually quite “fragile” and certainly not solid. Walkers risk serious injury from postholing. The holes left by walkers are hazardous for both skiers and our dogs.

We need one more board member. We hold one board meeting per year in the fall. Our board members communicate via email and text throughout the ski season and a few times during the off season.

We always need volunteers to clear trails, set stakes, shovel short sections (trail leveling). Training is provided. Any help is appreciated!

If you’re interested in joining our board or helping out on the trails, please send email to Peggy Tibbetts: wemuc@siltnet.net

Voluntary membership fee is $30 per individual and $50 per couple. The voluntary membership fee is a grooming fee — not a user fee. Every dollar goes toward the costs of trail maintenance and equipment. A small price to pay for groomed trails in the back country. Ensure your winter recreation fun on the West Elk trails!

Click here to print West Elk Trails Inc Membership Form

Remember West Elk Trails Inc is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
All voluntary membership fees and donations are tax deductible!

September 30, 2017 — A lot of big dead trees came down last summer. More than usual. On Eric’s Loop there are 5 big trees down on the winding trail to the gully which must be cut and cleared before ski season.

West Elk Trails Inc thanks trail groomers Aaron Mattix, Tod Tibbetts, Bruce Kime, and Eric Boley. We also thank Todd Kupka for his help with equipment maintenance. Thanks go out to all our trail workers for their hard work and support. Our groomed ski trails would not be possible without them!

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Saturday, April 1

Stakes and posts were pulled  today. Tod Tibbetts, Aaron Mattix, and Bruce Kime hauled the ginzugroomer off the snow, and so grooming operations have ended for the season.

Snow conditions deteriorated rapidly this past week. A few bare spots on Hwy 819 and Kay’s Loop. Eric’s Loop is no longer passable due to snowmelt and mud.

See you next season!

 

Snowpack is still holding

Aaron Mattix did a final trail grooming on Friday.

Thank you Aaron! You did a fantastic job this season!

About 3 to 5 inches of new snow over the weekend.

The trail from the trailhead to the groomer parking area is pretty rough but passable. Otherwise great snow conditions for spring skiing on Hwy 819, Zeus’s Cutoff, East Cutoff, and Kay’s Loop.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed past the Ginzugroomer parking area
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Groomed
  • East Cutoff
    Groomed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Not passable through the gully due to snowmelt
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked

Enjoy those groomed trails while you still can!

Grooming operations have ended for the season.

Signs and stakes will be pulled on April 1. Volunteers needed!

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